Fundamentals of Learning course FND 1000

Applications now being accepted for Fall and Winter offerings of FND 1000

If you are a student in LA&PS who has received a “Required to Withdraw”decision, you are invited to consider applying to take Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000). This 3.00 credit course is offered during the Fall term and again during the Winter term with a one-hour lecture and a two-hour tutorial each week. You will learn key academic skills and self-regulation strategies to manage your time, energy and focus. You will be coached to master these skills and strategies and to apply them in your other courses to help you raise your GPA.

This course is designed specifically to support students such as yourself to critically reflect on your prior experience and then re-launch for academic and personal success, by helping you improve your learning techniques and acquire the life skills you need for future employment and for general well-being. Success in this course happens only with your active participation in the process of learning, and your commitment to practicing new skills and strategies to change how you approach your studies and how you handle personal issues.  


What topics are covered in the Fundamentals of Learning course?

The Fundamentals of Learning course (FND 1000 3.0) is grounded in current theory and practice related to student success, human development, and perseverance to achieve goals.Three main topic areas are presented in the course:

    1. techniques for re-framing past experience and for re-focusing with a stronger sense of motivation, purpose and goal-setting;
    2. the acquisition and practice of key academic skills (e.g. improved note-taking, active reading, study and test-taking, asking good questions as a pathway to critical thinking, and improved process for participating in discussions, preparing oral presentations and writing academic papers); and
    3. the acquisition and practice of strategies for personal development that will position you for success in employment and in life (e.g. time management, maintaining focus and motivation, learning from and with others through teamwork, problem-solving and resilience, managing change and developing confidence and autonomy).

What is the format of this course?

Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000 3.00) has a structure similar to that of your other university courses, with lectures, tutorials, readings and assignments.

There is a Fall term session (section A) and a Winter term session (section M). For each of the 12 weeks of the term you select, there will be a lecture (one hour) and a tutorial (two hours). During the lectures, specific topics relating to strengthening academics and self-regulation are explored; during tutorials, instructors give support and coaching so that you practice the key academic skills and techniques of self-regulation by implementing them in your other academic courses.

Thus, rather than sitting out for the academic year (the other option open to students who have received a “Required to Withdraw” decision), if you are accepted into this course, you will continue in your degree program during the Fall/Winter academic year. Students are allowed to take up to 18 credits, while simultaneously taking the Fundamentals of Learning course for a total of 21 credits. The tuition fee of the course is the same as that for other 3.00 credit courses and the cost is eligible for coverage under OSAP.

**Important reminder to students on OSAP: To remain eligible for OSAP, you need to take 18 academic credits in a given FW session (ie., 9 credits in each term).

The weekly lecture in FND 1000 3.00 will take place on Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. in Vanier College 135.

Please note the Wednesday time slot for lectures and then consult the York Course enrolment website to enroll in a weekly tutorial (link below). Please anchor your FND 1000 lecture and tutorial before enrolling in your other courses because participation in this course is a condition of your being allowed to continue to take courses in your program of study while you have “Required to withdraw” status.

Readings and Assignments
Regular weekly readings and assignments in the Fundamentals of Learning (FND 1000 3.00) course are hosted on the course Moodle site which will be made available at the start of the academic term. You will be required to attend lectures and tutorials and to make full use of the materials provided in FND 1000. Your firm commitment to implementing the academic skills and techniques of self-regulation is essential if you hope to benefit from the course and position yourself for academic success and personal growth.  

Attendance and Participation
The Fundamentals of Learning course allows you to continue your studies during the academic year without interruption in order to enable you to improve your academic skills and approaches to university learning. Your acceptance into Fundamentals of Learning comes with the expectation that you will attend all your classes--including the FND 1000 lecture and tutorial-- and participate fully in the course activities.
**Special note: Withdrawal from Fundamentals of Learning may only be arranged under certain circumstances and through the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies via email at Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from the course.

Grading in FND 1000 3.00 (pass/fail)
Fundamentals of Learning is a 3.00 course (pass/fail) that requires your regular active participation and serious commitment to practicing the concepts and strategies; in this way, you will gradually internalize the skills and discipline required for university success. To obtain a grade of “pass” in the course, you will need to accumulate more than 60 points (out of a total of 100 points) on the various coaching assignments and critical reflections. The value of the assignments is that they require you to critically reflect on your prior experience and on the applicability of new skills and techniques to your individual circumstances. You will receive feedback and earn points for every assignment completed.  The course uses a coaching model to promote academic recovery, rather than a performance-based grading model. Completion of the weekly assignments will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of key concepts and skills and to engage in critical reflection on your experience. You will also be guided to learn more about the many resources available at York to support you and you will be coached to develop self-awareness and self-agency so that you actively seek out the supports you need. (For some sample resources at York University, please see the tab below on Resources).

Is this course for you?

The Fundamentals of Learning course is intended specifically for students who have received a “Required to Withdraw” decision from the University due to a low grade point average (GPA), and whose past performance does not adequately reflect their academic ability. This course is most appropriate for you if you are prepared to commit to developing stronger learning skills and self-regulation strategies.  It may not be appropriate if your past performance is the result of unfortunate personal crisis or illness. If your academic difficulties arose in the context of a personal crisis or illness, please refer to the Petitions web page.

If you are thinking of applying to enroll in this course, please reflect on your current situation and determine if you are truly committed to participating fully and to applying key skills and to practicing new behaviours. The ultimate goal is to strengthen your ability to succeed in all your courses and in your degree program. If you are selected for enrolment in this course it means that we have reviewed your record and feel confident in your ability to achieve academic success.

How to apply

To apply, you need to submit an online application form (use link below) in which you are asked to provide some information on your context (e.g. number of courses and number of hours you work) and to indicate why you think FND 1000 is better for you than sitting out for a year.

You should apply as soon as possible. We will be considering applications for the Fall term up to mid-August. The Winter term is reserved for students who receive a late academic decision.

To apply please complete the Fundamentals of Learning course application form.

Please refer to the York Courses Web site to see course timetables.

See more details at the Undergraduate Enrolment and Registration Guide on how to enrol in classes.


Contact Fundamentals of Learning

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.
Please direct your questions to:

Rose Ciddio
Student Relations Coordinator and Academic Advisor for FND 1000 students
Office of the Associate Dean, Students
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Ross South 900
York University (Keele campus)
Tel: 416-736-2100 ext. 30249